Santa’s Sleigh Makes a Cyber-Stop at Children's Hospital
ALBANY, N.Y., December 14, 2012 – Children who are hospitalized during the holidays may not have the opportunity to tell Santa “in person” what tops their wish list. This year, though, Santa Claus found a way to visit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center without leaving the North Pole, thanks to the magic of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies.
Albany Med, in collaboration with Cisco Systems, brought Santa to patients using either an iPad or video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa visited with children in the Ronald McDonald House atrium, and for those who didn’t feel well enough to leave their rooms, a mobile cart or iPad enabled with Cisco Jabber software helped Santa travel room-to-room for a “bedside” visit.
Much like children who are able to sit on Santa’s lap, patients had the opportunity to pass along their wishes this holiday season in plenty of time for St. Nick to make his list and check it twice!
The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center is a 125-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents, and is the referral center for all seriously ill and injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England. It is staffed by 110 physicians trained in 34 subspecialties and more than 300 pediatric nurses, therapists, social workers and child-life specialists.
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